(For other characters see Denethor (disambiguation))
Centuries before the first rising of the Sun, Orcs and other foul creatures of Morgoth began to harass the Nandor east of the Blue Mountains. Hearing of the power and protection of the Elf King Thingol, Denethor led many of his people over the Blue Mountains into Beleriand. They settled in Ossiriand, renaming it Lindon, and Denethor became their king. They were called the Laiquendi (Quenya for "Green-elves").
Years later, Morgoth loosed an army on Beleriand, beginning the Dagor-nuin-Giliath ("Battle under the Stars"). The lightly-armed Laiquendi were driven back to the great hill of Amon Ereb, where Denethor was slain. While the Laiquendi survived, they became a reclusive people, seldom taking up arms, and never again naming a king.